Posts

“THE PRICE AND PREVENTION OF ADULTERY”

“THE PRICE AND PREVENTION OF ADULTERY”

Proverbs 5:1-23

INTRODUCTION

1. Occasionally I hear very disturbing news: someone I know has

committed adultery…

a. Who I thought was devoted to their spouse and their Lord

b. In some cases, it is a preacher, elder, deacon, or Bible class

teacher

c. Sometimes leaving spouse and children to live with their

adulterous partnerMore…

2. My reaction is usually, “What are they thinking…?”

a. How can they do such a thing to their spouse and children?

b. How can they turn their back on the Lord who died for them?

c. Do they not know the terrible consequences of adultery?

3. Though not a pleasant subject, it is necessary to be frequently

reminded of…

a. The terrible price of the sin of adultery

b. How one can prevent the sin of adultery

[One of the best places to turn to is the book of Proverbs. In Pro

5:1-6, we find a warning against the bitter end of adultery (please

read). Continuing with Pro 5:7-14 we are told of…]

I. THE PRICE OF ADULTERY

A. IT CAN COST YOUR WEALTH…

1. Solomon pleads with his children to stay away from the immoral

woman – Pro 5:7-8

2. His first reason: “Lest you give your honor to others…”

– Pro 5:9a

3. He reiterates: “Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And

your labors go to the house of a foreigner.” – Pro 5:10

— Alimony and child support can eat away at your finances

B. IT CAN COST YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH…

1. Solomon’s second reason: “…and your years to the cruel one.”

– Pro 5:9b

2. He adds: “And you mourn at last, when your flesh and body are

consumed.” – Pro 5:11

3. Bacterial STDs (e.g., chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea) are often

brought on by immorality

4. Viral STDs (e.g., genital herpes, Hepatitis B, AIDS) are

incurable

— Sexually transmitted diseases can eat away at your body

C. IT CAN COST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH…

1. You will be filled with self-recrimination: “How I hated

instruction, and my heart despised correction! I have not

obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those

who instructed me!” – Pro 5:12-13

2. You will not forget what your parents, teachers, preachers, and

true friends told you

3. As you recall the violent affects of divorce on your spouse

(and on your children who will likely suffer the worst), you

will berate your stupidity! – cf. Mal 2:16

— Your conscience can eat away at your peace of mind

D. IT CAN COST YOUR REPUTATION…

1. As suggested by these words: “I was on the verge of total

ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.” – Pro

5:14

2. People do not take lightly the sin of adultery – cf. Pro

6:27-35

3. Can a person be trusted who would lie to their spouse?

— Your unfaithfulness can eat away at your reputation

[Adultery destroys one’s wealth, body, soul, and reputation.

Forgiveness is possible (1 Co 6:9-11), but many affects of adultery

continue throughout one’s life. Much better for one to take to

heart…]

II. THE PREVENTION OF ADULTERY

A. LOVE YOUR SPOUSE…

1. Rejoice with the wife of your youth; be enraptured by her love

– Pro 5:15-19; cf. Ecc 9:9

a. Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church – Ep 5:

25,28

b. Wives, learn to love your husbands – Ti 2:3-4

2. Why be enraptured by an adulteress (adulterer) and seductress

(seducer)? – Pro 5:20

a. One’s true character is revealed by their immorality

b. If they commit adultery with you, they are likely to commit

adultery against you!

— Enraptured love is commanded, which means it can be learned

(and relearned)

B. LOVE YOUR LORD…

1. The Lord is omniscient, and sins will have their effect – Pro

5:21-23

a. He sees all – Pro 15:3

b. God will judge fornicators and adulterers – He 13:4

c. When one sins against the Lord, their sins will be exposed

– Num 32:23

2. How much better to love the Lord, and be loyal to Him

a. He looks for those loyal to Him – cf. 2 Chr 16:9; Mt 22:37

b. Joseph’s devotion to God prevented him from being tempted

– cf. Gen 39:7-10

c. The Lord blessed Joseph because of his faithfulness – cf.

Gen 39:21; 41:50-52

— Those who love the Lord foremost, love their spouses forever!

CONCLUSION

1. The price of adultery is terrible…

a. Which too many learn by sad experience

b. Which all can avoid by heeding God’s Word

2. The prevention of adultery is possible when our love is in the right

place…

a. Loving the Lord with all our heart

b. Loving our spouses with God’s blessing

Do not destroy the lives of so many with misdirected affection…!

top

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: